Note: this article contains spoilers for the latest series of Bancroft.
Bancroft actor Charles Babalola has explained why it felt right for his character, Detective Sergeant Andy Bevan, to die in the ITV crime drama's second series.
Andy suffered a tragic fate during the second episode, when corrupt police officer Elizabeth Bancroft (Sarah Parish) ordered Daanish Kamara (Ryan McKen) to shoot him after he blackmailed her to land a promotion.
While Babalola noted that "it would have been nice to develop the character further", he admitted that sometimes our favourites have to "go when we're least expecting it".
"This is just the world of TV at the moment and anyone could go at any time," he explained to Digital Spy. "I feel like when I'm invested in a TV show, when it comes to killing off characters, I'm all for it because it keeps the audience on the edge of their toes.
"It makes it feel real and you don't want to feel like the writers or producers are keeping characters in just to please the audience."
The actor went on to note that Andy was constantly pushing Bancroft – who is known for offing those who get in her way – and, because of that, was unlikely to get a happy ending anyway.
"He knew she could be dangerous but he thought he knew how to play the game," he said. "Obviously, she was one step ahead.
"I feel like what I was trying to portray, and what the writer was trying to get across in this season, was Andy's hunger and ruthlessness. He worked in very close proximity to Bancroft so maybe he thought he knew her better than he did."
While he can understand the decision to kill Andy off, Babalola admitted that he was "a bit sad" when he first heard what would happen.
"I wouldn't say that I expected it to happen, but I knew they were going to take Andy Bevan somewhere from the first season;" he added. "I knew the character was going to develop in some way, shape or form, whether he was going to die or whether he'd have another relationship with someone. But I wouldn’t say I had an inkling that he was going to die.
"I think he went out with a bang [though]. So it made it a bit more enjoyable, that I got to really delve into the complex world of this character."
Bancroft is available to stream on ITV Hub now.
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